June 21, 2006
ZFS: Ten reasons to reformat your hard drives
The much anticipated release of the new ZFS filesystem in Solaris 10 will revolutionize the way system administrators (and executives) think about and work with filesystems. Breaking free of the traditional volume or partition architecture, ZFS combines scalability and flexibility while providing a simple command interface. Coined by Sun as the "last word in filesystems," ZFS is already being ported to several Linux distributions and Mac OSX. Designed to have at least a 30 year shelf life, this filesystem will make waves with its upcoming release in Solaris 10. We've been playing with ZFS for several months and have written some recipes about its basic administration. Here are ten reasons why you'll want to reformat all of your systems and use ZFS.